The Software-Defined Archiving (SDA) approach allows organizations to respond to the increased demands of data archiving in an on-demand and flexible way.
Software-Defined Archiving offers hardware independence, breaking the inflexibility of proprietary archive silos. The archiving intelligence is provided by a software layer between business applications and the storage infrastructure, not by hardware itself. At the storage level, companies can thus rely on standard hardware and are not tied to specific vendors.
With proprietary systems, an increase in capacity - due to their relatively rigid design - is usually associated with high costs. Software-Defined Archiving solutions, on the other hand, enable archiving that is independent of the hardware and manufacturers used. This not only allows better and cheaper scaling with less effort, but also a combination of storage systems from different manufacturers.
In terms of compliance, most internal and legal regulations have similar requirements for data archiving: WORM storage (Write Once Read Many), retention for specific periods of time, encryption, access control, immutability of data, etc. By storing all information (payload, metadata, hash values) in self-sustaining and secure archive containers, a Software-Defined Archiving solution ensures the integrity of corporate data and thus minimizes business risks.